New Mexico Fruit Explorers
Friday, November 15, 2013
Notes From Tooley
Ken Jones took some notes during our walk with Gordon, and promised to share--here they are.
Use legumes as ground cover. Hairy Vetch, peas. etc. Nitrogen fixer and encourages microbial growth.
Make habitat for bluebirds and bats to fight pests. Bat houses should have 2-3 layers as one layer will only attract males.
Humates lower PH
Peach varieties that work in NM. Garnet Beauty, Reliance, Varitan Rose. (This is a late bloomer and I am sure this is misspelled), Alberta
Wine kissed apple is a nice late bloomer
Use 1% Neem along with fish emulsion. On the Neem, you need to heat, add to hot water and soap or it will congeal.
Do heading cuts to stimulate growth of lateral branches. To encourage growth, prune in March/April. To discourage growth, prune in summer.
Plant Nettle and Comfrey on the NE side of the trees.
Great Lakes IPM [company] for coddling moth control
Paint kaolin clay for insect repellant. Product called Surround in powder form is available from dealer in Montrose, CO.
Use agricultural vinegar to lower ph. Mark ph level of the water then add vinegar to lower by 1 to determine appropriate amount of vinegar.
Good cheap ground cover plants include, wheat, field peas, buckwheat, oats, etc. Flax is also good.
Good late blooming apple varieties include: Winsap, Blue Permain, Claygate Permain, Lodi (best for sauce short shelf life), early gold.
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